Use your time wisely. Welcome to my TED Talk.

I started blogging in 2007. Fourteen years ago, I opened my browser and began sharing pieces of myself. In those days, I wrote about whatever drifted into my head. I didn’t check my grammar or read my words out loud. I wrote as fast as I could. I paid no attention to purpose, technique, my reader (or grammar).

Today feels like one of those days when I want to treat my blog like my journal. 2021 is coming to an end, and automatically I want to reflect on the rollercoaster year.

But I am not going to. I’m not going to replay the past.

Buddhists perceive everything in life as an illusion — which means that nothing has a tangible presence. What we see as concrete and permanent is only present for the time being. (That statement, right there! I’ll write it again for you.) What we see as concrete and permanent is only present for the time being. Eventually, it will cease to exist within months, years, or decades.

The traditional teaching is that attachment (in whatever form) is the root cause of suffering. And suffering, if you’re wondering, is semantically related to worry.

Suppose you knew that worrying thoughts caused you to suffer. And you knew reflecting on those thoughts couldn’t change anything that happened in the past, nor could they direct the future. Would you continue to think about those thoughts?

I won’t speak for all of humanity, just myself. At times, I absolutely want to change the past, and I definitely want to control the future. But another one of Buddha’s teachings is that the secret of health for both mind and body is not to grieve the past, agonize about the future, or anticipate troubles. The secret is to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. The law of presence teaches that what we do today is important because we are trading a day of our life for it.

And that’s the reason I am not spending my energy reflecting on 2021. Instead, I am giving my power to new intentions that I will take into the new year.

If you’ve never tried stream of consciousness writing, I say give it a go. I highly recommend cozying up to your own heart in this fashion. Here’s what I have (after writing without pause or hesitation):

Goals for 2022:

Let people evolve

Listen without reacting

Do not expect perfection

Support others

Only commit to what is doable

No performances or projections

Communicate calmly and honestly

Ample space to be my own person

Share joy and peace

The point of this TED Talk? Don’t let life go by while worrying about the past or the future. Focus on and enjoy the present. One of my all-time favorite quotes by Margaret Bonnano is this: “It’s only possible to live happily ever after on a moment-to-moment basis.” 

P.S. If I may make a suggestion – don’t try to live every day like it’s your last. Instead, try to live every day like it’s your first. There’s a big difference!

True or false? There is way too much in the news for me to respond to.

(Ah, you all know me too well!)

SHOULD THE UNVACCINATED BE DENIED HEALTHCARE?

Does the left advocate to lower triage priority for drug addicts, or is that just for people who don’t love needles in their arms?

ALEC BALDWIN ASKING FOR SEARCH WARRANT BEFORE HANDING OVER PHONE

Aren’t all communications via phone sitting in a database somewhere? Why do they even need the physical phone for that?

HARRIS SAYS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION FAILED TO SEE EITHER DELTA OR OMICRON VARIANTS COMING

How odd that a virus would mutate! Who could’ve possibly seen that coming?!

EMORY UNIVERSITY TELLS FRATERNITY IT CAN’T HANG CHRISTMAS WREATH ON DOOR

What’s with the wreath hate this year? They’re wreaths, not nooses.

LAW & ORDER ACTRESS CLAIMS CHRIS NOTH WAS ‘SEXUALLY INAPPROPRIATE TOWARD HER ON SET’

They always say they were afraid it would hurt their careers. But now they realize it will help their careers. Not that I’m ‘not believing’…

FAUCI: AMERICANS MAY ‘JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH’ MORE COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER SHOTS

Give it some time, and I bet the new theory will be that the unvaxxed are solely responsible for the mutations. There will always be some reason why the unvaccinated are responsible for everything.

OREGON MOM HIGHLIGHTS DAUGHTER’S STRUGGLES WITH VIRTUAL LEARNING AFTER 30 MISSED SCHOOL DAYS

This is when you avail yourselves of Ron Paul’s homeschool program. It is self-guided, and the kid will get a far better education.

SECULARIST GROUP TARGETS DECADES-LONG TRADITION OF LAYING WREATHS ON SOLDIERS’ TOMBS

If you don’t believe in Jesus, it’s just a pretty wreath. Move on.

KIM POTTER TRIAL: MINNEAPOLIS ON EDGE AS DAUNTE WRIGHT’S NAME POSTED AROUND TOWN

According to Wright’s victims, “justice for Daunte Wright” would need to include him being behind bars when he was shot. Amen.

COLORADO SHERIFF’S SANTA PHOTO STOKES OUTRAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, OFFICE APOLOGIZES

Ugh. I hate when people apologize for nothing just because someone demanded it. Let’s just save time and start and end every sentence with “sorry.”

CNN TERMINATES CHRIS CUOMO ‘EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY’

Ok, CNN. Well, I don’t think any less of CNN or Cuomo. Journalism is dead. Pretending there’s integrity or lack of bias anywhere in the MSM is silly.

HOW SUPREME COURT COULD DECIDE ABORTION CASE: PRESERVE, LIMIT OR STRIKE DOWN ROE v. WADE

As a reasonably empathetic woman, I feel like I’m in the twilight zone when I hear leftist women speak about abortion. Firstly, baby-making is like a superpower, and secondly, there are so many ways to choose not to exercise the superpower at all. And, of course, thirdly, if you were the victim of a crime to which it forced your superpower into existence, there are also options. Killing babies is wrong, and I don’t relate to or understand these lefty women.

And on that note, I’m turning off the news.